Man opens fire with AR-15 rifle at Houston airport checkpoint before turning gun on himself

article-houston-0502By David Knowles

A shooting at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport rattled passengers Thursday.

A man is alleged to have walked into the ticket area inside Terminal B at approximately 1:35 p.m. and fired an AR-15 rifle at least twice into the air as he approached a security checkpoint, a Houston Police Department spokesman said.

In response, an air marshal fired at the man, but missed, and then the suspect pulled out another gun which he turned on himself, KHOU News reported. In all, a total of five to seven shots were fired.

“It seemed like quite a few shots. Everyone was scrambling, running left and running right, turning tables up and hiding behind tables. Nobody knew what was happening. I couldn’t tell where the shots were coming from,” Greg Newburn, who was in the terminal waiting for a flight, told MyFoxHouston.

All terminals at the airport were locked down as a result of the shooting, and the suspect was rushed to an area hospital, Houston Police said. Officials later confirmed that the man had died as a result of his gunshot wounds.

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